It must be winter. Many of my favorite blogs and motorcycle forums are screaming for content. Sometimes you've just got to grab the keys yourself and go out and get some content. This is my way of saying, I got my first ride of the year in today.
The poor K75 has a dead battery, the GT started up without hesitation. I donned my layers and headed out under partly sunny skies temps approaching 40. I wasn't sure where I was going to land, but I had my camera and tripod with me, in search of content.
I headed for the highway because one of my favorite winter riding activities is hitting on & off ramps, they are a lot of fun for leaning and speeding. I set cruise control on 70 and scanned the sky. There were more clouds than sun, but it looked good enough to head to the coast. I could use some new water pictures for the photo forum. The one hour ride to the coast is one of my favorites. I got off 101 for gas and stayed on 27 East until 111 East, which will bring you all the way to Ocean Blvd. Ah the coast, the salt air, the twisty road...where the heck did all these people come from? I'm not the only one who is partial to a brisk winter day at the beach.
I parked and brought the tripod down to the beach, leaving all of my riding gear on. I resisted the urge to ask some of the other beach combers if they were cold, dressed as they where. I shot off about 150 ocean/wave/seagull/rock pictures. I've been exploring new settings on my camera and I was pleased with the results.
But alas, the real opportunity for motorcycle content came on my ride home as I encountered snow squalls just East of Manchester - of course I was not about to stop on the highway to take pictures! I need to get one of those handlebar mounts for my camera.
It was a chilly gray ride home, I'd lost all the sun. I did have a nice chat with a gentleman at the gas station. In fact the two people who did stop to chat with me today where both nice, they spared me the lame winter riding comments and just wanted to talk bikes and spring. I can get into that any time!
It was so nice to sneak in a ride today. Now I can't wait for the next! Hope you get out for a ride soon!